Akhtar-Gontijo Added to Superior Challenge 8

Ariel Shnerer / August 10, 2012 - 7:05pm

Fights continue to round out the card for Superior Challenge 8 on October 6 in Malmo, Sweden, which already features Jeff Monson vs. Ilir Latifi and Karo Parisyan vs. David Bielkheden.

The latest addition is a pairing between Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Leandro Gontijo (3-4) and former K-1 fighter Martin Akhtar.

Full press release below:

Martin Akhtar challenges Leandro Gontijo. A classic matchup between the striker Akhtar vs the grappler Gontijo at Superior Challenge 8, on October 6th in Malmö, Sweden.

Spanish Leandro (3-4-0) is a very experienced grappler with a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Gracie Barra. He started with MMA three years ago, and fought his first pro fight the same year. The 33 year old hasan impressive win in pro MMA, over one of the world’s perhaps top MMA grapplers Artmij Sitenkov, which should be considered as proof that he can implement his knowledge of grappling successfully in to MMA.

Martin (1-0-0) is a tough and technical stand-up fighter with years of experience as a Thai boxer. The former K-1 fighter has competed successfully in Muay Thai and Kick Boxing bouts during his active years as a prominent stand-up fighter. Recently he started to compete in MMA, and he delivered fireworks when he finished his first opponent by TKO in the first round of his debut fight.

Babak Aghavali, CEO Superior Group International:
– A traditional Old Scholl MMA matchup between striker vs. grappler. Both these fighters have jumped on to MMA from two completely different types of martial arts. Two athletes who are champions in two different martial arts disciplines will compete against each other in order to show the audience whose skills are superior. This bout demonstrates MMA from the sport’s original form, and displays why the sport has conquered the world in such a short time. It will be really interesting to see Martin take on a grappler on Leandro’s level.

Superior Challenge
Superior Entertainment is a Swedish Stockholm based company within
Superior Group International along with Superior Wear, Superior Management and Superior Gear. Superior Challenge is Europe’s most qualitative MMA promotion with the aim to produce high quality and adrenaline-full sports entertainment for MMA fans. The organization has many years of experience in the MMA market, with a broad knowledge of the industry, and is internationally recognized as one of the world’s top MMA organizations. Superior Challenge is one of five MMA promotions in the world with top twenty ranked fighters. The first event in 2008 broke record attendance of all MMAevents in the Nordic countries and the sixth event broke ones again the record attendance with about 7000 visitors. A total of 7 events have been producedsince the start. The last two at Hovet Stockholm Globe Arenas, are estimated to each have had a PR value equivalent to 19 million SEK gross, only in Sweden. In addition to nationwide TV broadcast at home in Sweden, the TV production of the last event is estimated to have reached out to more than 100 million TV viewers around the world, through broadcast all over North and Central America, throughout Asia and parts of Australia.